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[Correspondence] Oxfam: sex scandal or governance failure?

The apparent failure of Oxfam to take appropriate actions against ongoing sexual predation by its aid workers is tragic, infuriating, and concerning. It is also ironic, given that Oxfam is considered a bastion of good governance, ethics, and human rights.1 Indeed, Oxfam’s policy and practice arm has no less than 577 publications on promoting good governance and a further 455 on human rights.2 As a health policy and systems researcher who studies the dynamics between international agencies and domestic policy makers in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), I believe it is critical to reflect on what the “Oxfam scandal” is not.

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